Beautifully decorated cookies and cakes allways brighten up a party or make a celebration out of an everyday gathering. But some lovely black dress cookies give a chic note to the event. So, if you choose to make the cookies and not to buy them from boutique bakeries you can get inspired from the Peggie Porschen’s decorating book “Simply Spectacular Cakes” or from the recipe below.
You will need:
– gown cookie cutter;
For biscuits dough:
– 6 1/8 ounces (180 grams) soft butter;
– 7 ounces (200 grams) caster sugar;
– 2 large eggs;
– 14 ounces (400 grams) plain flour;
– 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder;
– 1/4 teaspoon salt;
– 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla essence;
– butter (for greasing);
– royal black icing (check out the videos below to make it).
Preparation: Firstly, you need to make 3 different mixtures in separate bowls: 1.butter and sugar; 2.eggs and vanilla; 3. flour, salt, and baking powder. Then, add slowly the egg mixture to the sugar/butter and after this, gradually, add the flour mixture to the butter one. Mix thoroughly so that there’s no lumps formed from the flour and turns into a dough. Take the dough out of the bowl and delicately make a ball out of it. Divide the dough ball into two equal halves. Slightly flatten down each half and cover with cling film. Place both halves in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C. Stretch the chilled dough on a floured surface. Use the gown cookie cutter to make the shapes. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Place the finished cookies on a cooling rack and decorate them with royal black icing (check out the videos below to find how to make the black icing: the first video shows you how to make the base for icing – a vanilla buttercream frosting- and the second video is about how to make the frosting black). Start decoration by making the borders and them flood the cookie. Use a toothpick to fill the empty spaces by making round strokes. Have fun!
Photo courtesy: bakehappy.
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